Shilleena’s Dance Academy in Coorparoo, Brisbane, is a dance school for everyone. They have classes for pre-school aged children through to adults, with all abilities from beginners through to advanced students catered for. Celebrating 20 years of dance teaching in 2024, SDA teaches the Southern Federation of Dance syllabus which is QCE accredited and is a member of Ausdance Qld.

About Shilleena’s Dance Academy

Shilleena's Dance Academy jazz group.

Shilleena’s Dance Academy’s Principal, Shilleena Collins, is an experienced teacher and performer. She has completed the highest exams in ballet, tap and jazz and is an examiner for the Southern Federation of Dance.

Tinies Dance Classes

Shilleena's Dance Academy pair of junior ballerinas.

Creative Dance classes for students aged three to five years are a wonderful introduction to dance. Children play dance games and act out simple stories as they learn to improve their gross motor skills, coordination, and musicality. Shilleena’s Dance Academy’s specially designed classes, covering a variety of dance forms, are heaps of fun for little dancers! Then from age 4, they offer preparatory classes in ballet, tap and jazz to begin learning more detailed technique in these styles.

Classical Ballet

Shilleena's Dance Academy junior ballet performance.

Students from the age of five can begin to learn the graceful art of ballet. SDA’s teachers guide students as they work to develop strength, balance, poise and artistry. From Grade 2, students learn character elements in class, and from Grade 7 pointe work is introduced into lessons. Students will learn syllabus work which will allow them to undertake Southern Federation of Dance examinations.

Progressing Ballet Technique classes are now included in Open Pointe/Ballet Conditioning classes. This training program is a set of exercises utilising ‘fit balls’ and ‘therabands’ promoting safe dance practices and a greater understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.

Intermediate and Advanced students can learn Pas De Deux technique and safe partnering practices in an additional class focusing on this skill.


Shilleena's Dance Academy jazz performance.

Learn the sharp, strong, high-energy moves of this dance style. Shilleena’s Dance Academy students learn syllabus work developed by the Southern Federation of Dance, which provides an enriching learning experience through sound, up-to-the-minute teaching techniques.

Or why not try a Street Jazz class which combines jazz technique with the free-flowing style of hip hop? This funky style of dance is taught to classic and up-to-date pop music and is an ideal way to express your creativity, find your groove and accent sharp, strong body movements. It is fantastic exercise and is for ages 6-14yrs.

Commercial Jazz classes are for older, more experienced students and combines the strength of technique work with the jazz styles you see in music videos. Each week students learn different routines in various styles from soft, flowing and expressive to fast paced, hard hitting and dynamic.

Open Jazz Technique is a non-syllabus class focusing on building strength in kicks, leaps and turns. This class helps dancers gain skills to further enhance their strength in all styles.

Cabaret jazz is a heels technique class in a Broadway style which prepares dancers for future industry endeavours. SDA combines the glitz of cabaret with the infectious energy of jazz to create a unique and empowering dance experience.


Shilleena's Dance Academy tap performance.

Learn to make music with your feet in SDA’s tap classes. Enjoy a mix of classic show tunes, Broadway, jazz and popular music as you learn the exciting rhythms of tap dance. Students learn syllabus work developed by the Southern Federation of Dance, which provides a comprehensive learning program in tap theory, developing skills as they progress through the grades.


Learn to express yourself through the soft, fluid movements of contemporary dance. Contemporary mixes technical aspects of dance with dynamic leaps and emotive expression through the body. Three levels are available at Shilleena’s Dance Academy to cater for different ages and abilities.


Shilleena's Dance Academy acro performance.

If you have always wanted to flip, somersault and cartwheel, then this is the class for you. Learn sound acrobatic techniques in a safe environment, building up to floor routines that will challenge and excite.

Mature-Age Classes

Shilleena's Dance Academy mature age performance.

At SDA, they welcome dancers of every age. That’s why they offer classes specifically for adults, whether you have previous dance experience or not. These classes are all about fitness and friendship and are an integral part of the studio culture. No leotards necessary!! So, check out their Beginner Adult Tap, Intermediate Adult Tap, Adult Jazz, Adult Contemporary or Adult Syllabus Ballet classes.

Performance Groups

Shilleena’s Dance Academy’s Intermediate and Senior performance groups represent the school at competitions and various functions throughout the year. Students audition for their place in the group, and those who display a willingness to improve, teamwork and great dedication are welcome. To be eligible, students must currently study at least two styles of dance with SDA. The most regular form of dance competition is the local eisteddfod. These are conducted several times each year throughout the greater Brisbane area and can be a wonderfully rewarding experience for students, providing valuable stage experience and exposure to their peers.

Check out their 2021 Performance Team here – 



I cannot rate Shilleena’s Dance Academy highly enough. This is my daughter’s 9th year and apart from the fact she loves the dancing, Shilleena and the teachers have done amazing work in improving her self-confidence. Brilliant!” – Larissa

Yesterday we had the Theatre Rehearsal for the dance concert in a couple of weeks… my daughter had such a blast and was in her element, but more importantly I was so very impressed by the community I found myself in. Not only was I in the company of such talented dancers and performers I was quite taken aback by the how powerful, strong and hardworking the community of young women around me were. I really felt like I was in one of the most inspiring environments I had been in for some time. I am very happy for my daughter to have these amazing women as some of her role models.” – Alice

I feel very lucky to be a part of this wonderful and supportive dance school. My daughter started dancing in her mid-teens, and I started as an adult, and we have both had nothing but support from the amazing teachers at Shilleena’s. Everyone ensures our classes are about fun as well as learning. I have met some wonderful people and look forward to going to dance classes. The teachers go out of their way to ensure everyone is happy and getting the most out of their classes. I recommend Shilleena’s to anyone who mentions they are looking for a dance school because I know their experience will be a positive one.” – Vicki

To find out more and to book a class, please visit the Shilleena’s Dance Academy website.